Indian Junior Women’s Hockey Team aim to win their maiden Women’s Junior Asia Cup

KAKAMIGAHARA (JAPAN), June 2:  Indian Junior Women’s Hockey Team are fired up  for the highly anticipated Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2023 in  Kakamigahara, Gifu Prefecture, Japan as they eye to clinch their maiden  title at the multi-nation event.

The Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2023, which  will be played from June 2-11, will also serve as the qualifying  event for the forthcoming FIH Junior Women’s World Cup 2023.

Notably,  the top three teams in the Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2023 will earn  automatic qualification to the FIH Junior Women’s World Cup 2023, which  will be held in Santiago, Chile from 29 November to December 10, 2023.

India,  which will be Captained by Preeti and Vice Captained by Deepika, has  been grouped in Pool A along with Korea, Malaysia, Uzbekistan and  Chinese Taipei, while hosts Japan, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and  Hong Kong China, will form Pool B of the tournament.

The Indian  team has won a Silver medal and four Bronze medals in the tournament’s  seven editions thus far. And this time, the Indian Junior Women’s Hockey  Team will aim for their first Gold medal.

Speaking on the  team’s preparation ahead of the tournament, Captain Preeti said, “We  have worked hard over the past few months for this tournament and now we  are all geared up to implement everything that we have worked on during  training sessions. Moreover, the Senior India team was also training  with us on the same campus which helped us in upping our game and also  boosted our confidence.”

Meanwhile, India’s Vice Captain Deepika  said that the team is excited to play against the best young teams in  Asia and looking to put their best foot forward.


“Junior Asia  Cup is a big opportunity for us to showcase our skills and test our  mettle. We are excited to play against some of the top teams in Asia. We  have been consistent in the tournament over the years and have won  multiple medals, but this time we will leave no stone unturned to win  the Gold Medal, which will be our first in the history of the  tournament. However, we will first focus on qualifying for the Junior  World Cup by making it to the top three of the tournament,” Deepika  said.(UNI)